What Is Federal Work-Study?
Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a program for eligible students which is jointly-funded by the federal government and an institutional match. The maximum FWS annual award for which a student may qualify is $3,000 ($1,500 for fall and spring). Once the division allocation is expended or the student's funds have run out, all FWS employees must either stop working or the departments must complete a new PAR and begin to pay them out of another student assistant budget account.
Although FWS students should not replace full-time employees, they can provide valuable
work support for the overall operational success of the department. Federal Work-Study
provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need,
allowing them to earn money to help pay for education expenses as well as provide
them with transferable skills to prepare them for a meaningful career after graduation.